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On Umpire’s Finger And Axis Of Not-So-Evil


Finally, the third umpire has turned down Imran Khan’s appeal. The Judicial Commission that was formed in April this year after PTI-PML (N) agreement, after holding 39 hearings, has given its verdict. The JC in its Final Report has termed the elections largely free and fair by saying that “the 2013 general elections were in large part organized and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law,” and that “despite some lapses by the ECP it cannot be said on the evidence before the Commission that on an overall basis the elections were not a true and fair reflection of the mandate given by the electorate”.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Finally, the Iran nuclear deal is a reality now. It resolves the long-brewing crisis over Iran’s nuclear program. The West led by the US had been harbouring grave reservations about its avowed peaceful nature, accusing Iran of clandestinely seeking to make a nuclear bomb. On its part, Iran always denied these allegations insisting its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes only. It claimed its entire nuclear activity was consistent with its NPT obligations. The US and its European allies however suspected Iran had not been honest about its nuclear work and wanted it to scale back the scope of its sensitive nuclear activities to a level where it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

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From Warrior To Guardian

The President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing In The Us & How It Is Relevant To Pakistan

In the absence of serious academic and independent research on the state of affairs of policing in Pakistan, it may be apposite to take clues from the international perspectives. One such perspective was offered as a result of the Ferguson firing case in the US that sparked violent protests and triggered intensive media and government scrutiny. This article is introductory in nature and is divided into three parts: First part will snapshot the Ferguson incident; the second will briefly introduce the Report of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, while the third one will present an analysis of the perspective offered in the Report and its relevance to Pakistan.

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Arts Matters, Why arts subjects should be promoted?

Art Matters

In the modern era, owing to the advent of more and more innovations, the field of education has been glamorized. Now there is no regard to the objectives and results of education as it has become a source of social prestige and personal superiority. In a hurry to adapt to the changing trends, people look reluctant to review their decisions even on such critical matters which may become decisive in their future life. Government too follows the same line and exhorts people more than it needs to do. This is due to this fact that different vices like inferiority complex, mental and social decay and unemployment have popped out.

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Strategic Human Resource Management In Public Sector

Strategic management and HRD

What is generally understood of strategy is a decision or action plan that covers all contingencies of a situation in any field, particularly public affairs. Strategy is basically the maximum utilization of available resources and the exploitation of potential force in an efficient way. Similarly, in an organization, strategic management involves organization’s engaging in strategic planning and then acting on those plans keeping in view the future contingencies. So, strategic management is a sort of implementing strategic plans which integrate organization’s goals, policies and actions into a comprehensive whole.

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South Asia’s Fog of War

South Asias Fog of War

It was Premier Modi’s phone call to his Pakistani counterpart, Mian Nawaz Sharif — and not rhetoric — that reduced the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, thus dismissing the very notion that the threat of sub-conventional warfare is an effective deterrent. Narendra Modi’s controversial speech in Dhaka coupled with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s tirade and Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore’s firing of broadside against Pakistan after India’s ‘hot pursuit’ in Myanmar resulted in the escalation of war of words between Delhi and Islamabad. The Pakistani leadership was quick to remind India that Pakistan was not Myanmar as the Parliament passed resolutions condemning the statements from Indian side. The ensuing situation was precarious enough to prompt both the United States and the United Nations to urge the South Asian nuclear neighbours to show restraint and settle their differences amicably.

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Need for Improving Tax-to-GDP Ratio

Need for improving tax-GDP ratio

In Pakistan, tax collection is significantly lower than the actual potential given the size of the country’s economy as tax-to-GDP ratio has been less than 10 percent for the last decade or so. Combining together the tax collection on account of income tax, sales tax, federal excise duty and customs duty, this ratio is far less as compared to similar economies in the world. Since the structure of taxes is heavily tilted towards indirect taxes, which are considered easier mode of tax collection, one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world is a matter of grave concern for Pakistan’s tax policymakers and administrators.

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Re-emerging Afghan Blame Game

Re-emerging Afghan blame game

The Pak-Afghan ties have always been rocky as the blame game, especially from Afghan side, has always been on. The audacious attack on the well-protected Afghan parliamentary building in Kabul on June 23 ensued in such a blame game against Pakistan that on the very next day of the attack, Afghanistan’s intelligence service spokesman Hassib Sediqqi blamed that an officer in Pakistani’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) helped the Haqqani network carry out the attack which killed two people and wounded more than 30 as lawmakers were meeting inside.

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Raja Menon
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“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.”


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